Villarreal, Atletico aim to bounce back to winning ways

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2020-21 Spanish LaLiga

Matchday 25 of 38

Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid 

Estadio de la Cerámica
Villarreal, Spain  
Sunday, 28 February 2021
Kick-off is at 20:00 
Both Villarreal and Atletico Madrid will be desperate to curb their recent slump when they meet in a 2020-21 LaLiga match at Estadio de la Cerámica on Sunday evening. 
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone 
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Villarreal have fallen 10 points behind fourth-placed Barcelona following a run of six matches without a win. El Submarino Amarillo drew 1-1 away to Athletic Bilbao last weekend and are now in danger of falling down to seventh if they fail to win on Sunday. 
Atleti are winless in two LaLiga matches following a 2-0 loss to Levante which has seen their lead atop the league standings shrink to three points. 
"We're not happy at all with the result," said Atletico defender Mario Hermoso following a rare loss at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. 

"We had so many attempts on goal but weren't able to score. And if you don't score any goals and keep letting them in you'll be in trouble.

"But I'm sure we'll start scoring soon, we're the same team that got to this stage. It's not easy for us right now but this is a marathon not a sprint."

Manager Diego Simeone added: "I'm not looking for excuses. Coaches have to find solutions. In the second half we did it and we have to be the ones who help the players who are out there.

"Championships are always the same, everyone has moments of difficulties. Those who are strong in the bad moments are the one who achieve their goals."
Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez
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The two teams played out to a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture earlier this season. It was the second time in three matches that this match-up ended goalless. 

Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid head-to-head statistics:

Matches played: 39
Villarrel wins: 15
Atletico Madrid wins: 13
Draws: 11

Spanish LaLiga fixtures, matchday 25: 

Friday, 26 February 
20:00 - Levante vs Athletic Bilbao
Saturday, 27 February 
13:00 - Eibar vs Huesca 
15:15 - Sevilla vs Barcelona 
17:30 - Alaves vs Osasuna 
20:00 - Getafe vs Valencia 
Sunday, 28 February 
12:00 - Celta Vigo vs Valladolid 
15:15 - Cadiz vs Real Betis 
17:30 - Granada vs Elche 
20:00 - Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid 
Monday, 01 March 
20:00 - Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad

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Published: 02/26/2021